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This has been my favorite arrangement of themes to construct and I can’t express enough the love and admiration I have for Greg Edmondson’s work on the beloved adventure quad-trilogy of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise. This is another score that rightly won a BAFTA Games Award for its superb world music use of flair for harmonic/rhythmic multi-instrumental contrapuntal and polyphonic creativity!

 

The music's interactivity within the constructs of the story is beautifully master-crafted within it's original orchestrations and I heavily admire the work done to ensure it's cinematic sounding approach for the ultimate filmic nature of the game. This will be another one that I relish the challenge in doing and the music alone will be just something close that will always sit with me and I'll cherish truly till my wheels fall off!

 

VST mockup is from two tracks within the game the OST "Reunion" & 'Nate's Theme 2.0' from the classic action/thriller treasure hunting adventure by Greg Edmondson

 

Approx. 3 minutes. View the post via VO Forum here.
 

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I'm a pretty huge Spider-Man fan and after playing & listening through Peasano's sublime score for Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, I felt like mocking up and making an introductory medley from a just a few of the tracks on the ost! This particular album I wholeheartedly have a lot of time for, Lee's/Ditkos story adaptations and the diverse depth of world that's been created specifically here within the games narrative structure really compliments the audio-visual experience in many ingenious ways for sound. Through surging spidey-swings throughout the grand city of new york, to traversing rich colourful environments and battling a variety of weaponized enemies there's plenty of room for audio interactive action throughout, big reason why I picked it out!

 

VST mockup is two sections extracted from the first two track of the OST "Don't Give Up" & 'Rhino Rampage' from the classic action/adventure superhero experience by John Peasano

 

Approx. 2 minutes. View the post via VO Forum here.
 

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This is a take on the Score The World - Film Scoring Contest 2021 sequence to picture on the Academy Award Winning Foreign Language Film, Son of Saul (2016) directed by Laszlo Nemes. This task was set out to find the right balance in sadness, fury and tension to keep the viewer’s attention and to fit snugly alongside movie itself. Not to necessarily score the whole clip, having the music in dominance but to demonstrate the knowhow of when to stay silent and when to enhance the music. 

 

This competition was a greatly taken opportunity and challenge to demonstrate and showcase a trio of technical, production and compositional skills in order to underlie the sound world appropriately to the already lushly industry crafted sound already within the scene. The music also needed to contain and convey a real emotional weight within itself for it to be successfully able to do the scene its due justice. This film helped to allow the composer to learn the vital pacing and tonal balance for this type of a tense filmic situation, whilst additionally obtaining some key industry professional feedback from thriving audio industry colleges: Son if Saul Sound Designer Tamás Zányi, Orchestral Mixing and Mastering Engineer Joël Dollié and the accomplished Netflix Film/TV Composer Marc Jovani.

Charitable Cause: A large portion of this competitions profits are being gratefully donated AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU Museum and Memorial, in order to preserve the history and keep exhibition centres such as this open to further educate, research and publish projects both in and moving forward from this period of the pandemic. Please find a link to that here: http://auschwitz.org/en/

The entry uses just a small part from the full feature film where the soundtrack has been written and produced by me and it's not part of the original movie. No other distribution/modification was allowed in the making of the score for this particular competition.


Hope I've made my voice as clear as I can for you here, it was a tough one! Thanks.

Competition Result - 2021 World Ranking 154/+400 

Approx. 4 minutes. View the results for the competition here.
 

 
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This is a submission for The Cue Tube's most recent charity scoring competition Score Relief 2021, where that task was to compose and produce the music to a professional standard for the Blender Studio Animation Spring (2019) that would succeed in underlying both the characters and action as part of the contest entry.

Spring is the story of a shepherd girl and her dog, who face ancient spirits in order to continue the cycle of life. This poetic and visually stunning short film was written and directed by Andy Goralczyk, inspired by his childhood in the mountains of Germany. The Spring team used the development version of Blender 2.80 for the entire production, before the software was in official Beta even. As for all of Blender’s Open Movies, the entire production process and all its source files are being shared on the production platform Blender Cloud.

 

Score Relief 2021 is a film music competition with a heart, composer network platform 'The Cue Tube' are raising donations in support of the Backup Hardship Fund; providing relief to technical workers from the events and entertainment industries, and their families, who have lost income, or experienced other difficulties, as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

You can find out more about the competition and the relief efforts here: ​https://thecuetube.com/scorerelief2021/

 

Please donate where you can!

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/score-relief-2021​

Approx. 4 minutes. View the results for the competition here.

 
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Mixing & Score Analysis - Virtual Orchestration

This is a TV hybrid-orchestral mockup of 'Between the World's' by Lorne Balfe from His Dark Materials (Main Titles Series 2). All MIDI Programmed Orchestration in Cubase 10.5, input in it's entirety by ear from listening to the version of the track on the original soundtrack album. The decision to take this one on stemmed from the fact I had been pretty obsessed with the overall storytelling and audio-visual world creation within this fantastic show over the weeks and months of viewing on BBC One (HBO) and was moreover absolutely blown backwards by Balfe's music and it's real emotion rocket fueled take on the theme within series two!

Please listen to the original track here: 

https://youtu.be/vr-nEvjwixg

Lorne posted a really generous clip up on his twitter feed afterwards that followed along with some of the main ensemble sections of the orchestra, which helped in the later stages of transcription, neatening things up for possibly a second upload in future or for series 3!

Over the moon Feedback #1: "By ear !!! Amazing work Toby" - Lorne Balfe, VO Community, Facebook.

 

Approx. 2 minutes. View the post via VO Forum here.
 

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Animated Short Film Composer Scoring Competition 2020

 

The Indie Film Music Contest 2020: Falken Media was set up with idea for intermediate level composers to be able to showcase their skills in utilizing speed and practice under industry lead instruction to become much cleaner and clear cut at the very core compositional and technical abilities like orchestrating, mixing and mastering and to prepare composers for future scoring feature film. 

 

 

This years animated short film up to score is Caminandes 3: Llamingos over from Blender's (Disney Animation) Studios. In this particular episode of the Caminandes cartoon series, we really get to know our show's hero Koro. It's winter in Patagonia, food is getting scarce. Koro the Llama engages with Oti the pesky penguin in an epic fight over that last tasty berry.

 

This short 'Free Culture' animation film was made with the free 3D software Blender and funded by the subscribers of the Blender Cloud platform. Already since 2007, Blender Institute successfully combines film and media production with improving a free and open source 3D creation pipeline.

 

The competition itself was judged by professional industry clientele and affiliated composers such as George Oldziey (Spy Kids 3D, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Kill Bill, Volume 2) and J. Eric Schmidt (Quack Pack, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas, Uncharted (PS3) to name just a few.

Quick Feedback #1: "Good spotting for tension spots! Nice mixture of musical elements and colours, very appropriate for this clip." - The IFMC Team, DM.

 

Approx. 3 minutes. View the results for the competition here.
 

 
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Score Analysis - Virtual Orchestration

A first for fully produced MIDI virtual orchestration in this clip with a fully re-composed piece by ear taken from the original clip and soundtrack of the 1989 action adventure classic Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The sheer rhythmic franticness involved in Williams' fun and classical orchestrated 'thrill of the chase' style nature within the score lends itself quite charmingly to the beloved on screen comedic tendencies with the witty father son bond both Indy and Connery's Henry Jones Sr. share throughout the film. One of my personal all time favorite films and scenes to be able to revisit and enjoy both the technical sides to film and the story!

Helpful Feedback #1: "This is awesome! (...) Get yourself better samples if you can. This mockup of yours really deserves it." - Fabio Gee, Peer (Composer), VO Community, Facebook.

 

Approx. 4 minutes. View the post via VO Forum here.
 

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TV Scene Composer Scoring Competition 2020

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Spitfire Audio teamed up with HBO’s Westworld to bring composers of all backgrounds an exclusive competition, to be judged by the show’s creators. The task involved following the rules set out by not editing the clip in any way and scoring the sampled scene from Westworld's Season 3, with entries then being judged by an professional judging panel. Comprising the show’s composer, Ramin Djawadi, as well as the creators: Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams and the team at Spitfire Audio.

The underlying score presented here in this clip could be at best described as a bombastic, vivace, electro-orchestral, new age composition set to be taking multiple influences from a variety of rhythmic world musical styles and genres to fit into the films car chasing story segment in a dystopian futuristic timbre.

Approx. 5 minutes. View the competition here.
 

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Media  Composition Showreel

Undergraduate-Postgraduate Portfolio 2019 - Original Music & Audio Leadership Showreel (2018-2019) that displays a specialism in music composition for film & television and diversifies in sound design mixing & design, across a broad range of commissioned original projects that were formed alongside a variety of unique peer collaborations in addition to my studies in film school, University of Hertfordshire. +3 Years Experience.

All of the music heard in this extract are completely original works. It's material and concept is from original commissioned sources at the University of Hertfordshire, composed and sounds produced entirely and directly to picture by Toby Ellis. 

Approx. 5-6 minutes. View more of my MSc work here & BSc work here.